Quote: Originally Posted by YukonJack
"The 2001 Census total of anglophones, those who report their mother tongue as English, was 17.5 million, or 59.1 percent of the population of Canada, down from 59.8 percent at the last census in 1996. The 2001 Census total of francophones, those who report their mother tongue as French, was 6.8 million, or 22.9 percent of the population, down from 23.5 percent in 1996.
Source: Statistics on Languages of Canada - Census Statistics on Languages" (external - login to view)
countryboy, shame on you for trying to bring sanity in discussion by FACTS!!!!
I know...I'll try not to make a habit of it!
Actually, I don't have any problem with French being spoken first, last, or whenever - I speak it too (not that well anymore), but the figure of 50% kind of jumped out at me...didn't think that was close to being accurate.
On the same site I referenced, and just for fun, here are some of the other language stats I found:
No. 3 in Canada (in 2001) was Chinese at 872,400 (2.9% of total Cdn. population).
Other most common languages are Italian, German, Punjabi, and Spanish. (Didn't see the breakdown of numbers).
The top 3 aboriginal languages were listed as Cree (80,000), Inukitut (29,700), and Ojibway (23,500)...these would each be well under 1% of the population.